“Humble ‘brain glue’ governs neurons”

Astrocytes (red) among neurons in the living c...

Astrocytes (red) among neurons in the living cerebral cortex (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


“By sucking up potassium, astrocytes quell the firing of neurons, increasing what scientists call ‘synaptic fidelity.’ Important brain signals are crisper and clearer because there is less unwanted activity or ‘chatter’ among neurons that should not be firing. Such errant neuronal activity is linked to a plethora of disorders….”

How prescriptive this hard science is! Whenever you read scientific news, keep your eyes peeled for what I calling “creeping finality”.


About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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One Response to “Humble ‘brain glue’ governs neurons”

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